This one didn't hurt as much as my 10 miler a few weeks ago, but it had it's moments. I had been up for a few hours, but wanted to wait until dawn for safety's sake. I checked the weather report and it said that it wouldn't start raining until around 1pm. Wrong. It started raining as soon as I finished my short warmup and stretching routine. I went back inside my apartment to put my glasses down and the couch looked so appealing. "Don't do it," said the little voice inside. "You'll be sorry later."
So I took off into the rain for my 4 laps around Lake Ivanhoe. My first lap (2.5 miles) was within seconds of 9 minute pace. The second lap felt even better. I stopped at that point, which was 5 miles to take off my outer T-shirt and drink a little water. I had placed a small water glass on my porch, so I could drink fast and be on my way. My pit stop was less than a minute. The third lap was done and I had run through enough puddles by now that my toes had water squishing between them. My legs were starting to feel heavy, too. Around the 8 mile mark, I had to stop for a few cars and when it was my turn to cross the street, a car going my way let me have the way. I tried to bolt across the street, but my legs were rooted in the sidewalk. From that point, I struggled with my form. My overall pace didn't change. I completed my 10 miler in 1:29:58, so 2 seconds faster than exact 9 minute pace.
I went to Publix for some Super Bowl snacks and some regular grocery items a couple hours after my run. My blood pressure was 113 over 70 with a 68 pulse. That is close to my BP from when I was in high school. It has been slightly higher lately (120/80) and about the same pulse after walking the store and I was very encouraged to see my BP where I would like it.